A queer software engineer at Google calculated the length of the number pi (π) to a new world record.
Emma Haruka Iwao, a developer advocate for the Google Cloud Platform, calculated pi to 31 trillion digits.
That’s way over the previous record of 22 trillion, BBC reported yesterday (14 March).
Google dropped the news to celebrate Pi Day.
The Japanese tech genius based in Seattle, US, achieved the feat by using Google’s cloud computing service.
After working with the tech giant Google for three years, Iwao told BBC she felt ‘very surprised’ about her achievement.
‘I am still trying to adjust to the reality. The world record has been really hard,’ Iwao said.
The calculation required 170TB of data (to level this, 100,000 music tracks take up 500GB) and took 25 virtual machines 121 days to complete.
Moreover, if you have some time to kill, it would take 332,064 years to say the 31.4 trillion-long number.
That means they calculated pi to 31,415,926,535,897 decimal places.
Furthermore, a a comparison, the number 31,415,926,535,897 is only 15 decimal places long.
Iwao’s achievements means Google was awarded a Guinness World Record title.
Life of Pi
Pi is the marvelous number your calculator gets when you divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter.
More than a high school maths lesson, extending the known sequence of digits of pi is a challenge as the number does not follow a pattern.
From super-computing to engineering, many industries use the magic number.
The pursuit of pi is a pastime among mathematicians, and Iwao said she’s been fascinated by the phenomena since she was a child.
But the challenge isn’t over, and Iwao is already looking forward to break her own defying record.